Washington Spirit Make Coaching Change After Falling to Last Place

Cynthia Hobgood

After amassing a 1-7-3 (6 points) record, including scoreless efforts in the last five outings, Head Coach Mike Jorden and two assistants have been fired by the team--the first such moves in the NWSL.

Washington Spirit Reserves (W-League) coach Mark Parsons will take over for the remainder of the season.

"I feel everyone at the club has, and will continue to have, great respect for Mike as a professional and as a person," Spirit general manager Chris Hummer said. "But the poor results of the past six weeks have pushed the team into last place, and that's just not something we can accept. We have the best fans in NWSL, and they deserve a winning team."

Parsons first game will be this Wednesday, July 3, when the Spirit host FC Kansas City. He has previous experience with the D.C. United Women Under-20 team and six years with Chelsea FC in England, including head coach of the Chelsea Ladies Reserve team.

The players had a team meeting this morning.

Full analysis to come later, but given the state of the team and recent results, the Spirit made the right move to make a change now. There is still time to get the team back on track and end the season on a positive note.

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